How and when did you get to IE?
I went for a research seminar, then I was invited for a coffee and was suggested for teach a couple of sessions at one of the special masters of finance, and the time has passed and I’ve been here for five courses already!
What sport do you practice?
Running (no more than 10-15 km), spinning, tennis and, well, my brother is determined to teach me sword-fencing!
What is your favorite book?
“The Godfather”, a guide to walk through the life. On financial matters, clearly, “Liar’s Poker” and “A Random Walk down Wall Street.”
Where were you born?
What is your favorite dish?
Two dishes of a special “Mediterranean” restaurant: rucola and Parmesan salad, rice with artichokes, shrimp and cuttlefish coal grilled. For dessert, tiramisu.
A memorable moment:
Related with “her, the most beautiful” (I can read up to here)
What does it mean for you to be a good professor?
Someone who motivates learning, with which you have the sense of learning about new, interesting and useful, trying to explain in an intuitive and clear even the most complex issues.
How do you keep up-to-date?
Reading economic and financial news, looking at recent cases appear related to my issues, talking to market professionals and listening examples from “real life” I hear from my students.
What is your secret for your classes or presentations?
Put myself in the place of the student, be clear that “no one has born learned” that “if someone remains with a doubt is because he wants” and trying to explain how I’d like to be explained to me.
A ritual before teaching:
Concentration, make sure that the USB works and action!
A story in the classroom
After several sessions explaining option pricing and capitalization instant, someone asked What is that “e” that appears so often? Two comments: a) I know it’s a “strange” story, b) was not at IE.
What is your favorite quote or motto of life?
“Life is hard, life is not beautiful but the next life is worse”
What has been your worst experience in the classroom?
One day when technology didn´t work: I improvised and explained (with many words and few figures!) on the board.